Meet the Company: Martin Skocelas-Hunter

October 24, 2014

Meet Company Member: Martin Skocelas-Hunter

MartinWhere are you from?
Livonia, MI

How many seasons have you been with BalletFleming?
This is my first season.

Where were you dancing before joining BalletFleming?
Grand Valley State University

Favorite choreographer?
Lizzie MacKenzie Pontarelli

Most embarrassing dance moment?
I was doing a solo to Bo Jangles and while doing a jump I ripped the seam in the crotch of my pants into two pieces.

Favorite place to hangout in Philly?
Rittenhouse Square!

Favorite food?
French fries, pizza, or anything off Pinterest

Favorite quote?
“Happy are those who dream and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” -Leon J. Suenes

Fun fact about you?
I went to school for Musical Theatre Performance before I went to school for dance.



“After the Summer Sun”

September 28, 2014

A week ago the company had its first show of the 2014/15 season. It was a very busy show week filled with tech and spacing rehearsal, a dress rehearsal, and 3 performances. This show was very enjoyable as dancers to perform because it was filled with work by multiple choreographers. We had a great time and hope our audiences did as well! Here are two reviews that we received from The Inquirer and Phindie and some photos by Bicking Photography! Special thanks to Bicking Photography for all they do and for the awesome photos!

Gina and Dillon

Gina and Dillon Shifferly ~ Photo by: Bicking Photography

The Inquirer:

Jen Rose's piece

“Blind Landing” ~ Photo by: Bicking Photography




Martin Skocelas-Hunter ~ Photo by: Bicking Photography

after midnight

“After Midnight” ~ Photo by: Bicking Photography

 Stay tuned for what we’ll be doing next this season!

-Fallon :)


Meet the Choreographers: Jenn Rose

September 20, 2014

Meet Choreographer: Jenn Rose

jennroseWhere are you from?
Slatington, PA

How long have you lived in Philly?
I’ve lived in Philly for 6 years

Favorite place to hangout in Philly?
Anywhere really, as long as there is good company.

What is your dance background?
I grew up dancing at a competition studio and later studied dance at West Chester University. I continue to take class as often as possible to remind me what it’s like on the other side.

Where do you get your inspiration for choreographing pieces?
I find inspiration from music, from the dancers, from life experience, from other artists. Everywhere really.

How would you describe your style of movement?
I would describe my style of movement as musical, dynamic, and honest.

What’s the different between working with ballet dancers and contemporary dancers?
Ballet dancers tend to crave structure and focus on precision and technique while contemporary dancers tend to live in the improvisation and take a more explorative approach to movement.

Have you worked with BalletFleming in the past?
I first worked with BalletFleming on a film, Christmas Dreams in 2012. I then set a ballet “the missing piece” on the company the following season.

Who else/what other companies have you set work on in the past?
I have choreographed musicals for Theatre Horizon, The Walnut Street Theatre, 11th Hour Theatre Company, The Arden Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and have created new works with 213 Productions, Loose Screws Contemporary Tap Company, and Urisnus College.

Fun fact about you?
I’m a twin!

Meet the Company: Andrea Lankester

September 16, 2014

Meet Apprentice: Andrea Lankester

AndreaWhere are you from?
Cincinnati, OH

How many seasons have you been with BalletFleming?
This is my first season!

Where were you dancing before joining BalletFleming?
I was dancing at Mercyhurst University. I just graduated this past spring!

Favorite choreographer?
George Balanchine

Most embarrassing dance moment?
I faceplanted onstage during Square Dance at Miami City Ballet summer program.

Favorite place to hangout in Philly?
I’ve only been in Philly for a few weeks so I’m not sure yet, but I’ve really enjoyed Reading Terminal Market because there’s so much to eat!

Favorite food?
Steak! (Also, chocolate!)

Favorite quote(s)?
I really like both of these quotes:

1. “Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.”

2. “In the blink of an eye everything can change, so forgive often and love with all your heart. You may never have that chance again.”

Fun fact about you?
After graduation I spent 2 weeks in Brazil.

Meet the Company

September 13, 2014

Meet Company Member: Blair D’Amico

BlairWhere are you from?
Maryland girl, born and raised. Where’s the Old Bay?!

How many seasons have you been with BalletFleming?
This is my third season! Crazy how time flies…

Where were you dancing before joining BalletFleming?
I was with Baltimore Ballet for one season and before that I trained at a professional dance school in England.

Favorite choreographer?
I LOVE Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballets, and Jiri Kylian and William Forsythe… and Kenneth MacMillan. They’re choreography is just so beautiful and expressive. I could watch all of their work all day.

Most embarrassing dance moment?
Uhh… most recently taking a very large lunge instead of a piqué passé in “Café Music” at the Koresh Come Together Festival…that was pretty interesting. I think I recovered pretty well. I had a blast at that performance regardless, so I guess it’s not that embarrassing. Usually it’s a good wipe out. My last performance at college I was doing this pas de trois and completely wiped out doing an entrechat trois, did an awesome butt spin, popped up and did a pirouette into a partnered développé.. that’s on video somewhere. I hope it never resurfaces.

Favorite place to hangout in Philly?
In public? I probably frequent POPE, South Philly Tap Room, and Cantina on Passyunk the most with my housemate and company member, Tricia. Not in public? Definitely mine and Tricia’s magical couch of comfy coziness… Seriously it’s like the most amazing couch of my life.

Favorite food?
Only one favorite food? Can I say all food? I love food. My family is a foodie family, so I appreciate a well prepared meal. If I had to pick one food it’d probably be guacamole… or pizza.

Favorite quote?
Do it with passion or not at all. I have no idea who said it or where it came from, but I came across it a few years ago and it just became my mantra so to speak.

Fun fact about you?
Uhh…. I really can’t wait till I’m in a good place to get a corgi puppy! Their legs crack me up and I think it’d be hilarious for me to have such a short legged dog when my legs are ridiculously long. That’s like a personal life thing I want eventually.


September 12, 2014

Just one week until BalletFleming presents “After the Summer Sun” as part of the Fringe Festival! The performances are Friday, Sept 19th at 7pm and Saturday, Sept 20th at 3pm & 7pm at the Performance Garage. Get your tickets now at Keyword: BalletFleming. There will be works by Christopher Fleming, Thomas Gant Jr., and Jen Rose. Watch the promo video here!

Meet the Company: Nick Peregrino

September 9, 2014

Meet Company Member: Nick Peregrino


Photo from Fleming’s Gaspar Ballet

Where are you from?
Coosbay, OR

How many seasons have you been with BalletFleming?

Where were you dancing before joining BalletFleming?
Pacific School of Dance, Oregon Ballet Academy, SUNY Purchase (NY), and The Rock School

Favorite place to hangout in Philly?
Cavanaugh’s Headhouse and Mixto for happy hour

Favorite food?
A good steak!

Favorite quote?
“Work hard, play hard!”

Fun facts about you?
I didn’t start dancing until I was 17 years old. I threw darts in a dart league. Also, the #1 question people ask me all the time is about my nationality. I’m half Mexican, half Eskimo (Alaskan native). I’m a Meximo! :)


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